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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

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About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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    December 16, 2009

    All about Foundations - Updated Routine and RMK & Shu Uemura Raves!

    Hi hi!    

    * This is going to be a rambling post but I will be raving about the RMK Base eventually somewhere in here!*

    I like to try out foundations.  The only thing is, you can't be rotating too many different foundations at any time, unlike blushers or eyeshadows or glosses, cos well, foundations all look kind of the same anyway after application.  Anyway, I always tend to go for the higher end brands, because for one thing, they can match your shade at the counter, and you can ask loads of questions, and the 'technology' of these foundations are superior.. not that I don't like 'drugstore' ones, but I have never tried one that matches my skintone (the silkygirl one is always so beigy, and the Rimmel ones are too dark even their lightest tone), and other brands like Revlon, ZA, Loreal, while they are raved about, costs almost $30 or slightly more each anyway, and I think I would rather pay a bit more for someone/ somewhere I can get exact match. 

    Ok, before I go on and on about all the products, the picture below shows my foundation container (which I purchased at Daiso), it is a little too small for all the junk that goes inside, but anyway, this works for now. I am also showing you my foundation brush of the moment, which is the Essence of Beauty dual ended foundation/ concealer brush. 

    Contents: Foundations (Dior, MUFE, MAC, Shu Uemura, Clinique) Primers (Chanel, Maybelline, RMK), Face Powders (MAC MSF Natural, MAC Sculpt & Shape, MUFE Loose Powder), Concealers (MAC Studio Finish, and MAC Studio Sculpt)

    I am almost running out of the Clinique and MUFE foundation by now..so the box should have a little more room and not so packed.


    And this is my current favourite foundation routine for now, and the picture below shows the order in which I apply my foundation/ base.

    Base: RMK Creamy Primer, Foundation: Shu Uemura Face Architect, Setting: MUFE Loose Powder, Concealer: Shu Uemura Nobura

    I use the brush for the primer, foundation, and concealer.  I use the powder puff in the powder case.


    Other foundations I am rotating:


     

    My Comments on the foundations I am currently using and whether I recommend them:

    MUFE Mat Velvet+ I highly recommend this, and I think a couple of the other Onsugar bloggers here have also gotten this foundation.  I think this foundation is really long lasting, has very good coverage, and is quite mattifying.  I blot less often when using this foundation.  Overall good performer.  I think this retails for $50+ ??  I can't remember, definitely will repurchase.

    Dior Extreme Fit Liquid Foundation This claims to be 'extreme wear flawless makeup' and I agree.  Don't let the smooth and rather liquidy texture fool you.  It blends into your skin flawlessly, and is not 'thick' like how some liquid foundations can be.  There is also a slight scent which is very pleasant to me. Again, I highly recommend this product, especially if you want to try out Dior foundations.  I have repurchase this several times.

    MAC Studio Sculpt This is full coverage foundation, IMO. Very thick and creamy.  I find the shade just a little off on me, but that is easily corrected after I powder my face.  A little too thick for work I think, so I only use this at night, or when I know I won't be sweating in our hot humid weather.  It doesn't break me out, so that's good.  I won't repurchase this though.

    Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation Very smooth and creamy thick foundation.  Full coverage.  You need some effort to work it into your skin, or maybe I am not using it right or something.  The first few times I used it, I find the product sink into my pores making them look quite disgusting.  And the shade is a little off for my skin too, even though it looks fine when I got matched at the counter.  It is a little pricey I think it is $65 or $70.  But you just need a little to cover the whole face.  Now I am using it as a concealer instead.  I still have soooo much left, I won't be repurchasing in the near future.

    Shu Uemura Face Architect Foundation * My Product Rave*

    From the website,                                             

    Luxuriously creamy foundation designed to achieve buildable levels of coverage. Remodel the skin for ideal complexion. High concentration of Depsea water allows for smooth application and leaves skin feeling hydrated and fresh.

    Recommended for customers who:
    - prefer to look natural while correcting imperfections at the same time
    - have concerns of dehydrated skin condition
    - prefer semi-matte to glow finish

    Omg!  I love love love this foundation now.  Just a little bit is enough, and it blends beautifully.  I think I love this as much as my MUFE and Dior Foundations.  I am not sure about the 'remodel' effect, but I really agree with the skin feeling hydrated and fresh.  Anyway, I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a cream foundation.  Well, it is not a solid cream foundation.  It is more of a liquid-cream foundation, much like a lotion in a tub, if you know what I mean.  I apply this with my Essence of Beauty brush, and there are not streaks.  Now my foundation is like my fave part of the whole makeup process.  Love love love! The only downside, this retails for $72. 

    My Comments on the primers I am currently using and whether I recommend them:

     Chanel Modeling Effect Base (SPF30) I have raved about its scent many times, and I still love this.  It is very watery and gives a faint whitening effect and sheen to the face.  I can't say much about this product making your pores less obvious, but it does have a whitening effect if you are into that sort of thing.  At $72, I think it is kind of an extravagant purchase, but if you are feeling super generous, why not?

    Maybelline Angelfit Pore Zero Base (SPF25)  This has a thicker consistency as compared to the Chanel base, and I like the pink tinge to this product. As for the pores smoothing part, it is NOT as though suddenly my face appears poreless, but I do like how it helps the foundation application process a lot smoother, because when I was using this everyday, I was using my fingers to apply the foundation, and with this primer, the blending becomes easier.  And at $19.90 (or cheaper whenever there are promotions or expos going on) this is really good value for money.  I highly recommend this product!

    RMK Creamy Makeup Base (SPF11)  * My Product Rave*

    Actually I would think the Japanese would pack higher SPF in this primer.  Haha.  But right now, I can say this is my Holy Grail primer.  We all have different reasons for using a primer.  Besides the ease of blending, making your foundations last longer, some people want a primer to even out skin tone, others want to fill in fine lines, and for me personally, unless I invest in pricey IPL treatments or some laser thingy, my main reason for a primer is to even out my PORES.  I have tried Dior primers,MAC, Smashbox, but this RMK goody is really able to hide my pores.  I have used this for the past 3 days, and I am really awed at the results.  Even my friends have commented that this is super effective, and they can see the difference.  This  retails for $58, and when I bought it at Isetan that day, the BA told me the stocks are running out fast.  It is not the cheapest product, but if you are looking for a really flawless finish (no pores) to your face, go for this product.  You need it.

    And before I end this long entry, I just want to say, I am also eager to try out the RMK foundation samples which the BA gave me, and I have high hopes for this brand of makeup for my foundations, besides Shu Uemura.



      And here are a couple of pictures of the 'flawless' fresh face I am talking about -

    before I left the house.

     And at the end of the day:

     Apologies for the weird font size and spacing in this entry... Can't figure them out.

    Hope this has been helpful, and any questions, do leave them in the comments. Thanks!

     For other foundation related entries click on the links below:

    MUFE HD and HD Powder

    Maybelline PoreZero Base Rave

    Review of MUFE Mat Velvet+ and Super Matte Loose Powder

     Rambling about foundations

    Liquid Foundations Overview 

     

    posted by
    12/16/09

    ooh my!!!very flawless u!!
    still looking gorgeous at the end of the day!!
    love it ..love it((=


    12/16/09

    thanks to the primer and foundation!


    posted by
    12/16/09

    any idea if there's foundations that can make your face look glowy?


    12/16/09

    Try the Dior and Shu foundations. And maybe Chanel Vita Lumiere.
    Or try dusting a fine highlight power on areas of your face? The options are endless....


    posted by
    12/16/09

    eh foundation or not, you're still frikkin gorgeous. honestly :)

    on a side note, u make me wanna try RMK!


    posted by
    12/16/09

    I've been rotating among a few myself. I also have MAC Studio Sculpt and I agree with your comments, it's too easy to get too much on your face because it's so thick, so I reallly have to work it with the blending to get it how I like it.

    I tried both Chanel Vitalumiere and Guerlain ones in sample sizes, but neither stood out in terms of performance.

    I also had picked up a Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse on a whim at one Expo sale, and found that this stuff cheap as it is, has been fantastic at covering my pores.

    Previously I had been using a La Roche Posey Toleriane liquid foundation also picked up at a sale, and found it to be pretty decent, though just a touch light on my skintone.

    My current favorite is the Coffret Dor Lasting UV liq foundation I picked up last week because this was my first experience with Japanese foundations, and I was really impressed! This is the first one that really goes on very light and doesn't cake up, it's like I can never put this on too heavily by mistake! Love this, and makes me want to try other Japanese brands. However, I'm not up for paying 60-80 to try out any more foundations, so I'll stick to shopping em at warehouse sales.

    Thanks for your review!


    12/16/09

    thanks stickles, for all the recommendations!

    and Sarah -- you totally should give them a try!


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Oh babe. Your face sure look very flawless! ;)


    posted by
    12/17/09

    OMG!!! U look flawless lah... Hmm... I'm tempted to try out the Dior too... I'm loving my MUFE but I think it will run out soon and I'm on the hunt for a new found.. You're really tempting me with the RMK... Bt wonder if there will be matching colours for my tone..


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Wow, your skin does look flawless even in the after picture! It seems that foundation and primers are one of those things I feel like I need to 'collect', along with blushes, though they take forever to finish up. The Dior foundation and RMK base are enticing! You make me want to look into getting high-end foundations with your argument about how they are just that slight bit more then some drugstore foundations but better (service and all). :D


    posted by
    12/17/09

    omg! i was about to do a video on all my foundation. But mine is so far difference from urs! I am so tempted to get the rmk. I mean, it cost the same to my MUFE HD primer. BUT is it silicone base? And bad for me that i can't try too much foundation as my skin is very bitchy and picky..hahah! Also loving the Dior foundation's review
    review. I heard good rave about it. Wonder if it works for me :) Great post. I must say this is the most informative ever! Plus it gave us a good rep on all the good and high end products out there! If there is a rating here, i would rate 5 stars!


    12/17/09

    Linn- though RMK is Jap brand, their origin is professional MUA etc and I saw a wide range of colors of foundation at the counter.
    Sara-def try the Dior foundation. I swear by that. :)
    Di-thanks babe! Glad to be of help!


    posted by
    12/17/09

    I love using primer to cover up my pores.. but this RMK Creamy Makeup Base have color in it right?
    (I just abit scare of using primer that have color in it...as I prefer those white transparents base) ...

    I'm the one of the ppls who love silica primer(cos it does conceal my pores around my cheeks) but I haven't been using any lately.. cos I try to minimize the use of cream/gel products on my face during makeup... so after moisturizing my face and sunblock lotion.. I use cream concealer on under eye areas... set it with silica powder and then powder my whole face before my minieral foundation.

    Why, I read that on oily face... the more cream/gel products we layered.. the easiler the makeup will come off.


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Oh... forgot to mention... I heard alot of RMK... mostly all good reviews! Maybe I should just go over to the counter and just try it out. lolz


    12/17/09

    The rmk primer is creamy not silica based..and it comes in a clear shade too.


    posted by
    12/17/09

    i agree with you on the studio sculpt! :\ it's pretty heavy so i really have to just dab on a little bit, and i guess i'll be looking out for another concealor after i (actually finally) finish it! i have chanel's primer as well and i think i'll be getting MUFE after i'm done with this! 72 bucks for the primer is just too muchhhh ):


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Really.. I have to check it out!!!!!


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Does the MUFE have any silicon in it? I'm thinking of trying that one out because of the its mattifying promises.


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Oh yea, and how does it compare to the MUFE HD? I'm caught in between which one to try out! Thanks in advance!


    12/17/09

    Ladyrara- I prefer the Mat Velvet as I didn't notice any WOW effects with the HD ..having used it long ago. The mat velvet has better coverage too.


    12/17/09

    everbluec - actually even the 02 and 03 shades of the RMK primer is not going to add color to your face. the shades are rather transulcent, and more to even out the skin tone, not add coverage.

    ladyrara - you might want to consider the coverage you need, I guess the common thing people say abt the MUFE HD foundation is that it has good coverage without the 'thick' feeling (check out Wayne Goss' recent review of this foundation) but I personally prefer the Mat Velvet+ for the coverage and mattifying effect.


    posted by
    12/17/09

    Thanks Sophia... going to check it out when I pop by town areas or any place that have RMK counter ^__^


    posted by
    12/17/09

    when i read that RMK gives a NO PORES finish, i am already determined to go and check it out!!! i really need to cover up my pores too, sigh.

    how does it holds up for oily skin? and btw where are the RMK counters located?


    12/17/09

    Amy - I have only seen them at Isetan Scotts.. Well..I stil need to blot my T zone after that back to flawless look without the need to powder or touch up.


    posted by
    12/17/09

    wat an informative post! thks.. u look as flawless as always.. :)


    posted by
    12/18/09

    Ohh really?? Well... I have to go and check it out soon coz my MUFE is running out.. Thanks dear!!!


    12/18/09

    amyrleex - thanks girl!

    linn - no problem!


    posted by
    12/24/09

    i want to try MUFE foundations since everyone says such good things but the price :faints: i just can't. i think i would literally die right after purchasing it lol


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